Sustainability and resource conservation have been two of our paramount principles at SCHOCK for more than 13 years. They find expression in areas such as the continuous improvement of our processes in all functions and at all levels of the company. The cause is dear to the heart of everyone who works here, and every one of us is involved in helping to further it – for instance with regular training in environmental aspects and measures. For us, though, being ecologically responsible also means striving permanently to improve our commitment to the environment. Our voluntary participation in the EU's EMAS eco-management system, the Bavarian Environmental Pact and ISO 14001 certification is our way of documenting these activities to the outside world.
GREEN SPACE IN THE FACTORY GROUNDS
RENEWABLE ENERGY SHARES
EMAS stands for the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme, the world's most demanding system for sustainable environmental management. And – just like SCHOCK – it stands for a holistic approach to the environment, clear transparency and high standards. It also reflects our aspiration to continually improve our own environmental performance and to regularly produce an environmental declaration to document the environmental targets we've set for ourselves and our progress in achieving them.
Having attained EMAS certification means that SCHOCK automatically meets the requirements of the international ISO 14001 environmental management standard – and goes considerably beyond them. For example by being examined by independent environmental auditors, by involving all members of staff in the company's environmental policy and through clear communication with the outside world.
Below we present the six cornerstones of SCHOCK's EMAS-certified environmental policy complete with a brief example to illustrate how we realise each of them in our corporate practices:
20.71% of our total energy consumption in the form of gas and electricity comes from renewable sources. Since introducing our environmental management system in 2010 we have managed to bring about an 8% continual reduction in our electricity consumption per sink.
SCHOCK takes care to be eco-friendly in the use of resources and materials at all levels and in all areas of the company – the decision to move to a largely paper-free organisation in 2013, for example, leading to the "consumption" of 300 fewer trees than the previous year.
2012 saw SCHOCK invest in a modern and efficient water processing plant in the wake of continual water reductions already achieved in the period 2009-2011. Beating the anticipated 10% saving by some considerable way, the actual amount of water saved amounts to 55%.
The specific volume of waste per sink has remained at the constant low level of 20% of the product weight in recent years. An extensive solvent recycling system and high levels of material efficiency enable us to keep the share of waste as low as possible on a permanent basis.
Green space constitutes 40% of SCHOCK's factory grounds, providing room for biodiversity to thrive and also helping our company to fit harmoniously into our general surroundings.
We check the emissions levels in our exhaust air more often than we are required to do so by law and we also come in below the statutory thresholds for noise emissions, too.
You can view and download more information on our environmental targets and measures in our annual environmental declaration here.